Oh no! New Zealand was rocked by a series of devastating earthquakes, with one even registering 7.8 on the Richter scale! After the quakes caused ‘billions’ in damage, Lorde and other stars sent their support following this natural disaster. Click to see.
“My heart goes out to New Zealand and everyone affected by this quake,” Lorde, 20, tweeted on Nov. 13. She had a right to be concerned for her home and native land. The first earthquake, registering a 7.8-magnitude, struck near the city of Christchurch shortly after midnight on Monday (local time), according to the BBC. The aftershocks were felt all the way to the capital of Willington, nearly 120 miles away.
A second earthquake soon followed, per CNN, triggering a tsunami with waves as high as 8 feet — the highest the country had seen in nearly 40 years. More than twelve hours after the first earthquake, another quake – registering 6.2 – shook the ground around the town of Kaikoura. Two people were killed, with one dying in Kaikoura while another passed away in Mount Lyford, a ski resort nearby.
“In the short term, what we’re trying to do is make sure that the people of Kaikoura and the likes have food, water, help and backup,” New Zealand’s prime minister John Key, 55, said in a YouTube video after he reviewed the damage caused by the quake. “I’d say it’s billions of dollars worth of money that we have to spend here but we’re focused on what we’re doing and we’ll keep up the good work.”
Lorde wasn’t the only New Zealand celeb tweeting their love and concern for their country. Dredd star Karl Urban, 44, said “to everyone back home, [you’re] in my heart, thoughts and prayers.” Kiwi comedian Rhys Darby, 42, told all of New Zealand to be safe, while Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement, 42, was assured that everything would be all right. He shared a story about how two New Zealand rugby players were helping out with the relief efforts. “Unfair new manliness level,” he tweeted.
my heart goes out to new zealand and everyone affected by this quake. we are made of tough stuff – stay safe and help out in any way you can
— Lorde (@lorde) November 13, 2016
Stay safe New Zealand. We're all pulling for you right now x
— James Corden (@JKCorden) November 13, 2016
Take care, New Zealand!
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) November 13, 2016
Hope everyone is ok in NZ. thinking about you this morning. Stay safe https://t.co/0mF4jb0dRs
— Richard Armitage (@RCArmitage) November 13, 2016
— Jemaine Clement (@AJemaineClement) November 14, 2016
Hoping you're all ok in NZ today. https://t.co/Io49tOZEjj
— Luke Evans (@TheRealLukevans) November 13, 2016
NEW ZEALAND !!!
More Quakes !
To everyone back home ,
Your in my Heart ,Thoughts and prayers .
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) November 13, 2016
My thoughts go out to anyone affected by the earthquake and its aftermath in New Zealand. ❤️🙏
— Camilla Belle (@CamillaBelle) November 13, 2016
Thinking of all our friends in New Zealand – stay safe! pic.twitter.com/ceWC17P6QW
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) November 13, 2016
I just woke up to the news. Thinking of you all. Be safe! What's the latest???
— Rhys Darby (@rhysiedarby) November 13, 2016
Just heard big Earthquake at home . Crossing fingers all round. Be safe….
— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) November 13, 2016
I visited Kaikoura this afternoon to see how locals are coping after today's earthquake & see first-hand the damage.https://t.co/AguYWcE2hU
— John Key (@johnkeypm) November 14, 2016
Thankfully, New Zealanders are made of tough stuff, and they’re used to being hit by earthquakes. Their country lies on the “Ring of Fire,” a line of frequent earthquake and volcanic eruptions that circles the Pacific rim. Still, this quake has triggered some bad memories for the citizens of Christchurch, as the town is still recovering from a 2011 quake that killed 185 people. Hopefully, everyone comes out safe from this latest emergency.
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